Are Diet Drinks Making You Fat?

You already know that drinking sodas which are high in sugar (and high-fructose corn syrup) are bad for you. But did you know that drinking the alternative (diet sodas and diet drinks) are just as bad for your health and body, if not worse?

Most folks think they’re doing good by drinking these zero-calorie drinks. But the truth is they do way more harm than good. For starters, there is no evidence that diet sodas or diet drinks actually help you lose weight. In fact, they do the opposite. They make you fatter.

A study published in the journal “Obesity” came across a startling finding:  it compared over 2,000 people. Those who drank diet sodas had a 47 percent higher body mass index (BMI) than those who did not. What’s more, the diet soda drinkers were at twice the risk of becoming clinically obese!

But that’s not all.

An eight-year study done at the University of Texas found that there’s a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soda a person drinks each day. Scary stuff, right!?

If that wasn’t bad enough, get this. A study published by the Public Library of Science found that the artificial sweeteners used in diet drinks can be just as addictive as cocaine (or more so!). In this study, animals had two choices. Cocaine or saccharin, a common artificial sweetener. It turns out that 94 percent chose saccharin . . . even if they were already addicted to the cocaine!

Bottom line is this: Diet sodas or diet ANYTHING — isn’t good for your fat loss efforts or for your health.

Instead, stick with plain old H2o.If the thought of drinking nothing but plain water makes you gag, add some flavor. For example, you can add some fresh lemon or lime. If you’re more adventurous, you can crush some mint leaves, and add ice too. Finally, if you absolutely MUST have “sweet” in anything you drink, use Stevia. It’s an all-natural sweetener that has no calories . . . and none of the side effects that comes with the artificial stuff.

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